Klinsmann calls for national team manager

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16 July 2004 , HAMBURG - Former Germany captain Juergen Klinsmann on Friday called for a German national team manager to support the coach, a position for which he would not be available - but for which Euro 96 hero Oliver Bierhoff would be an ideal selection. "I can't do that from California. But there are others from the younger generation, it could be Oliver Bierhoff, or Andy Koepke," Klinsmann told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily. Klinsmann captained Germany to the Euro 96 title, with former Udinese and

16 July 2004

HAMBURG - Former Germany captain Juergen Klinsmann on Friday called for a German national team manager to support the coach, a position for which he would not be available - but for which Euro 96 hero Oliver Bierhoff would be an ideal selection.

"I can't do that from California. But there are others from the younger generation, it could be Oliver Bierhoff, or Andy Koepke," Klinsmann told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily.

Klinsmann captained Germany to the Euro 96 title, with former Udinese and AC Milan striker Bierhoff scoring the golden goal in the final against the Czech Republic and Koepke the goalkeeper of the team.

The statement by Klinsmann, who moved to the U.S. with his American wife and children after the end of his active career, echoed that of Bayern Munich chairman Karlheinz Rummenigge, who had also mentioned Bierhoff for the manager job earlier in the week.

But Klinsmann also said that the manager was just one small step in a badly needed complete overhaul of the national federation DFB.

"It would only be a first step. You have to start a total restructuring," said Klinsmann.

The DFB has gone through hard times after Germany's first round elimination from Euro 2004 last month. A new coach to succeed retired Rudi Voeller has yet to be found and DFB boss Gerhard Mayer- Vorfelder's days are also numbered.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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